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Object ID 002924

Object Name Stenotype Machine

Object Desc Black Stenotype brand stenograph machine.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY003420

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Business/Office


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Grundy's Book exhibit

Object Date

Start Year Range 1917

End Year Range 1928

Status On Exhibit

Object Keywords Stenotype Co.,stenograph,typing,

Title Stenotype Machine

Description Stenotype No. 3: The Machine Way in Shorthand. Manufactured by the Stenotype Company, Indianapolis, USA. Pat Jan 3rd 1911-Apr. 1st 1913-Other patents pending. Stenotype machine has 25 keys, unmarked. Two spools are left from a broken ribbon. A drawer under the machine holds stenograph paper. Black machine, logo and Maker name in yellow. Some black paint chipped to reveal silver metal.


Approx Collection Date

Height 5

Length 10

Width 8

Depth 0

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details width across keys, length from front to back excluding drawer, height including spools

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Stenotype Co.

Maker Details The direct ancestor of today's stenotype was created by Ward Stone Ireland about 1913, and the word "stenotype" was applied to his machine and its descendants sometime thereafter. Stenograph is by far the largest manufacturer of American stenotype keyboards today with an estimated marketshare in excess of 90%. Type 3 was made in 1917, Type 4 came out in 1929.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY3420



Date JAN 30,2015

Summary Fair

Assessor Kayla Sutherland

Notes Ribbon is broken, spools are crooked, clear evidence of use, key impressions on dowel, paint chipping from all over, drawer very rusted, hard to move, paper very fragile, mechanism rusty


Date JAN 30,2015

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Grundy's Book exhibit from Second Floor Bathroom - automatic entry by admin